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U.S. Attorney Anne M. Tompkins has announced a federal grant totaling $900,000 to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in the Western District of North Carolina. The grant program is designed to enhance law enforcement practices and prevention of violence against women.

In announcing the grant U.S. Attorney Tompkins stated, “We are excited about this grant because it specifically targets violence against women within the reservation. Building and sustaining a safe and secure environment in our tribal region is a priority for my office and this grant will help put an end to the unacceptable rate of violence against women in Indian Country.”


A motor home fire occurred on Cowee Mountain Tuesday, October 16. It is owned by Curtis Winkler of Anniston, Alabama.

A passerby alerted Winkler of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Franklin Fire Department responded to the call.


Dates to remember:

— General Election is Tuesday, November 6
— Absentee ballots begin Friday, September 7
— Voter Registration (by-mail) deadline is Friday, October 12
— One-stop absentee voting and same day registration runs from Thursday, October 18 to Saturday, November 3
— Tuesday, October 30 is the last day to request an absentee ballot.

All Absentee ballots must be received by Board of Election by Monday, November 5.


The Macon County News traditionally provides our readers with profiles of candidates running for office in the weeks prior to the election. This week the focus is on the candidates for the District III seat on the Board of Commissioners.

Bobby Kuppers – District III

Bobby Kuppers is the Democratic incumbent candidate for the District III seat on the Board of Commissioners. Kuppers has been a resident of Macon County since 1960, when he moved here with his family at the age of six years old.


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